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V-Dem Seminar with Mascha Rauschenbach

Research profile seminar

At the V-Dem Seminar Mascha Rauschenbach will present the paper "Preaching tot he Converted: the Allocation of Campaign Rallies in Ghana's 2012 Elections".


The idea that it is most effective for parties to persuade swing voters in elections campaigns is based on the nearly exclusive focus of research on US elections. I argue that in young democracies where partisanship is volatile and parties are uncertain about their likely supporters, mobilization of one's partisans should play a much greater role. I analyze original data on constituency-level campaign appearances by the incumbent candidate and his main challenger in Ghana's 2012 presidential elections. Improving on existing research, constituencies are not only characterized by their voting, but also by their turnout history, allowing for more rigorous tests of the swing voter versus the mobilization model. The findings are largely in favor of the mobilization model.


Mascha Rauschenbach is post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Prof. Sabine Carey at the University of Mannheim. Her main fields of interests are political clientelism, African politics, elections, democratization, foreign aid, conflict, and the political economy of development. She received her PhD from the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Studies at the University of Mannheim. In her PhD dissertation entitled "The Importance of Preaching to the Converted: The Strategic Use of Campaign rallies, Campaign Promises, Clientelism, and Violence in African elections" she studied campaigning strategies in Africa. During fieldwork in Ghana, she collected data on campaign rallies and campaign speeches in Ghana's 2012 presidential campaigns, and conducted a survey experiment, focus group interviews and interviewed campaign managers. She holds a Diplom ("Master") in Economics, Cultural Studies and Languages from the University of Passau. In her diploma thesis she conducted field work in Cameroon in cooperation with the GIZ (German Development Assistance) and studied the effects of the decentralization reform on local conflict. Her current research projects include the analysis of African party manifestos, the use of electoral vioelence and clientelism in African elections as well as the study of campaign strategies in Ghana.

Date: 10/25/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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